Breast-feeding versus formula: cost comparison

Hawaii Med J. 1993 Jan;52(1):14-8.


Peterkin and Walker published in 1976 a cost estimate of feeding a baby in the U.S. At that time, they found there was little difference in cost between breast-feeding and formula feeding. Since then, however, the cost of formula has risen drastically--more than 150% during the 1980s. One researcher estimated that food and feeding equipment cost $855 in the first year. Whereas the cost of formula is quite apparent when a family buys it, the cost of breast-feeding is hidden.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bottle Feeding / economics*
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Costs and Cost Analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Middle Aged